Richard Branson: “Boycott Uganda Over Anti-LGBT Law”

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 4:32 pm

British billionaire Richard Branson called for a boycott of Uganda. The African nation’s parliament passed a bill that proposes a life sentence for certain homosexual acts. The bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people to the police.

 

Penis! Penis! Penis! Archie Comics Co-CEO Charged With Gender Discrimination

By: Tuesday December 3, 2013 5:47 pm

This is why we can’t have nice things. Nancy Silberkleit became co-CEO of Archie Comics–home of the beloved and socially progressive characters Archie, Jughead, Kevin Keller, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch– in 2008 after her husband’s death. Now male employees are claiming she called them “penis”.

Religious Right Counting on Transgender Horror Stories to Stop ENDA

By: Monday November 4, 2013 8:15 pm

As the United States Senate gets closer to a vote on ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act), religious right groups are pulling out their trusty “do you want your children taught by crossdressers, drag queens, and transgenders” card.

Finally a Drone Report Done Right

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 3:00 pm

The U.N. and Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International recently released a flurry of deeply flawed reports on drone murders. According to the U.N.’s special rapporteur, whose day job is as law partner of Tony Blair’s wife, and according to two major human rights groups deeply embedded in U.S. exceptionalism, murdering people with drones is sometimes legal and sometimes not legal, but almost always it’s too hard to tell which is which, unless the White House rewrites the law in enough detail and makes its new legal regime public.

Prior Restraint, Roger Shuler, and the Rileys of Alabama

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 5:36 pm

Even people inclined to see Roger Shuler as a crank are angry about the blatantly unconstitutional “prior restraint” involved in the efforts to gag Shuler and Legal Schnauzer.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Gavin Wright, Sharing the Prize: the Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South

By: Saturday October 26, 2013 1:59 pm

Today we have the privilege of holding a conversation with Professor Gavin Wright on his book on the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South, Sharing the Prize. To many of us who came of age before Vietnam (BV), the Civil Rights Movement was a defining moment of moral and political consciousness. I participated in sit-ins in autumn 1960 and spring 1961; in 1963 Gavin was in North Carolina registering black voters. As a nation, the two great Civil Rights laws of 1964 and 1965 represent one of the few things we did right in the past half century, and in this autumn of our discontent, it’s good to remind ourselves that we still may be capable of doing the right thing. But what difference did the Revolution make to the people most directly affected by it?

Federal Appeals Court: Police May Not Conduct Warrantless GPS Searches

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 4:48 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant in a case involving a “slap-on” GPS tracking device, where defendants had argued they were victims of searches that violated their privacy rights.

NSA Recognized It Was Collecting Too Much Data When Harvesting Millions of Contact Lists

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 2:53 pm

Millions of users from around the world have had their contact lists from their personal email and instant messaging accounts harvested by the National Security Agency, according to a report from The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani.

The collection “sweeps in the contacts of many Americans,” as two unnamed “senior US intelligence officials” confirmed. That number could be “in the millions or tens of millions.”

Judge Grants Victory for Former Teacher in Transgender Case

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 7:04 pm

Marla Krolikowski, a former New York Catholic teacher who was fired for being transgender or “worse than gay”, received a major victory in court Monday after Judge Duane Hart rejected the defense’s claims that she was a minister for the school. Judge Hart remarked that former Saint Francis Prep teacher did not fulfill the requirement put forth by the defense that because she taught religious classes she was a minister for the school.

This Speech Was Cut From Last Week’s March on Washington

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 2:45 pm

Fifty years ago, at 19 years old, John Lewis was the youngest person to speak at the March on Washington.  In the days leading up to its commemoration, we’ve been reminded that Lewis’ words almost went unheard.  After the initial hand wringing from the Kennedy administration had subsided, and fearing embarrassment or violence, intense work was done to ensure that the content of the march didn’t veer into “radical” territory.  At the time, critics like Malcolm X denounced the March as something that was in fact orchestrated by the White House.

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